For women desirous of something less traditional but still timeless, oval engagement rings are the perfect solution. The tapered shape of the cut flatters the female hand and doesn't beg for attention; it commands notice effortlessly. The oval cut also benefits from a border, thus oval halo engagement rings are especially popular. Though they look lovely alone, many rings feature support from side stones, often in precious gems of complementary tones, or an intricately decorative band. Highly detailed bands are attractive, but thinner is more becoming under the oval stone. Not only is it more visually impacting, but it also appears daintier on the finger. The prominent shape of the oval cut lends itself well to colored stones, either diamonds or precious gems. Pale shades of yellow and peach offer a demure version, while dark, engrossing sapphires are elegant and compelling.